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Private company owns Oklahoma prison where 4 inmates killed

Current and former officials defended Oklahoma's use of privately run prisons Monday following a weekend melee at one of the facilities that left four inmates dead and several others wounded.

Preliminary reports indicate at least three of the four men who died Saturday at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing had been stabbed, said Terri Watkins, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. Three inmates wounded in the melee remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition, but Watkins declined to disclose the nature of their injuries.

The prison is one of three private facilities housing nearly 6,000 of Oklahoma's prisoners. That company, Nashville,...